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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 4, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 28:1-17
Psalm 119:29, 43,79, 80,95, 102
Matthew 14:22-36

A reflection on today's Scripture:

O you of little faith, why did you doubt? (Matthew 14:31)

Our first reading cites a problem often repeated in Church history. Hananiah falsely claimed receiving God's word and dared to remove and break the wooden yoke worn by Jeremiah, the mark of a true prophet, and gave the Israelites false hope. He told them their nation would be restored, the temple refurbished, their exiles returned and their enemy defeated.

The error that cost him his life was omitting that all would be done in God's power with the proviso that His people repent for their sins, reform their lives and return to a genuine faith in God. Their present oppression was the result of their having shut God out of their lives. The work of a true prophet was to restore the proper relationship between God and His people, a thankless job that often resulted in violence against the messenger who told them to repent of their sins and change their ways.

Our gospel relates, though in a different sense, to Hananiah's presumption in our first reading. Here impetuous Peter presumed to share in Christ's miraculous ability to walk upon the water, undoubtedly as a matter of "show." In his self-centered motivation he ventured forth while lacking the fullness of faith and trust needed by those who truly wished to walk in Christ's perilous steps. Consequently, Peter began to sink at the first indication of danger from the wind. Those who humbly realize their limitations, their peril and their need will never perish if they reach out and hold fast to Christ's saving hand.

O Redeemer God, guide our life's journey by bringing us to the perfection of faith, that it is in You alone that we can be saved, and made truly whole in Your love and truth. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. John Mary Vianney, priest

Lives of the saints:

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